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Schumann: Symphony No. 4 - Piano Concerto - featuring Martha Argerich and Riccardo Chailly [Blu-ray]


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  • Actors: Schumann, Tchaikovsky, Ravel
  • Directors: Michael Beyer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Classical, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, German
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: EuroArts
  • DVD Release Date: February 23, 2010
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0031O7V0E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #218,251 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

The exceptional and unaffected Martha Argerich gives here a spellbinding performance of Schumann's Piano Concerto. The rapport between Argerich and Chailly underlines the whole work, and heartfelt applause sparks a charming encore: 'Vom fremden Ländern und Menschen'. Demonstrating so clearly the beauty of film, this production allows us to witness in close-up the dexterity of some of the finest musicians in the world. But this is Schumann's evening: marking the 150th anniversary of his death, this concert was given in 2006, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig completing their homage to him with a committed performance of his Fourth Symphony.

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It is touches like this that mark out the genius composer.
J Scott Morrison
It features two key works, the piano concerto and the 4th Symphony, plus orchestral re-workings of Schumann's piano pieces by Tchaikovsky and Ravel.
I. Giles
This is an excellent recording with good sound and clarity.
grey h hamilton

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 20, 2010
First, the contents, in order as they appear of this all-Schumann DVD, not yet listed by Amazon:

Adagio & Allegro brillante (arr. Tchaikovsky)
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54, with Martha Argerich, piano
'Von fremden Ländern und Menschen' (encore, Argerich)
Four Pieces from 'Carnaval' (arr. Maurice Ravel)
Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120
with Riccardo Chailly, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra

This is undoubtedly Argerich's show. The dressy audience in the Gewandhaus give her a thunderous ovation after the concerto and equally after her tiny encore ('Of foreign lands and people' from 'Kinderszenen.') Surely Argerich is the reigning diva of international pianists and she does not disappoint here. The concerto is brilliant as one would expect, but there is a lyrical geniality in her playing, too, which seems to be something relatively new for her. Time was when she could be counted primarily for pianistic fireworks; now there are fireworks but also a singing line that makes one's heart swell. She uses divided hands as always -- with the right hand often coming in subtly a micro-beat after the left, typical of old style pianists but not so often heard these days -- and her phrasing, with its agogics and rubato so delicately and unerringly applied, makes the music come alive. This is a marvelous traversal of this time-honored concerto. She makes the most of the rhythmic complexities, particularly those in the third movement, and the music comes out seeming fresher and more modern than it typically does. Still, Schumannesque gemütlichheit is in satisfying abundance.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Blu-ray Bill on February 27, 2011
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The excellent five-star review by Scott Morrison can't be bettered, so I'll just aim to supplement it with some additional perspective.

First, I honestly believe live performances like these are what Blu-ray was meant to capture. If you have a flat-screen TV and a surround-sound setup (however inexpensive), Blu-ray provides a "you are there" quality at home that simply was not possible before the format entered the scene.

The visuals are ultra-sharp, the sound fidelity is amazing, and the well-chosen close-ups elevate the experience beyond what you would have had in the symphony hall. In this case, you get to see Martha Argerich's delicate fingerwork and her enjoyment of the musical conversation with the orchestra. With Riccardo Chailly, you feel his intense involvement, conveyed at times through rather crazy-eyed facial expressions as the music builds. It all adds to the excitement and makes for a fully satisfying experience.

But what's impressing me the most about the Blu-rays being released is the unexpected quality of the performances themselves. I've listened to historical recordings for many years, so I arrive at each new performance with the bar set very high, and therefore I'm often left wanting. Perhaps you've felt the same. Not so with the classical live-performance Blu-rays released by companies like this one (EuroArts). So many are absolutely top rank.

That's the case here. I've heard the Schumann piano concerto many, many times -- as likely you have -- but this is the performance I'll be coming back to. And the Schumann 4th became a favorite of mine after I experienced it live a quarter century ago with the Concertgebouw Orchestra under Bernard Haitink. I still remember it as one of the most thrilling times I've had in the concert hall.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ultrarunner on December 15, 2011
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The Schumann piano concerto played by Martha Argerich flows in her hands. It is as if one has heard it for the first time. I thought I knew the piece until I heard and saw her playing in this 2006 performance of the piece. Chailly and the gewandhausorchestra Leipzig accompany her with flair. It is as though they were as one.She gives an encore Von fremden Landern und Menschen, in response to the raptuous applause for her playing of the Piano concerto. The Symphony No 4 is swift and played as it should be. The orchestra pieces Adagio and Allegro brillante arr Tchaikovsky, and four pieces from carnaval arr Ravel are forgettable.
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This is an excellent recording with good sound and clarity. There is a special emotion that Martha gives to pressent
her listening audience with a wonderful experience. I absolutely recommend this DVD.
Grey Hamilton
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This concert is intended to mark the 150th anniversary of Schumann's death. It features two key works, the piano concerto and the 4th Symphony, plus orchestral re-workings of Schumann's piano pieces by Tchaikovsky and Ravel.

The concerto is closely associated with Martha Argerich who has made this into a major part of her core repertoire and who has a well-regarded CD recording to her credit. On this occasion she produces a very free-flowing version of the concerto both in rhythmical and phrasing terms. The very opening bars will prepare the listener by being almost improvisatory in their approach. There will be those who would prefer a stricter interpretation in these ways but this version offers an enhanced sense of Romantic flexibility and zeal. This is therefore a notable performance of striking character.

The Symphony performance is not quite at this consistent level with rather a staid reading of the first movement which, arguably, lacks sufficient fire or sparkle to be described as a compulsive listening experience. From there on things though improve considerably with an attractive second movement and violin solo, a bright and tight scherzo and a finale that finally lifts to the conclusion.

The remaining items of this concert are orchestrations of Schumann's piano music by Tchaikovsky and Ravel as mentioned above and which, rather sadly, only illustrate that Schumann knew better. The original piano versions have far more bite and internal clarity. These orchestrations, despite their varied orchestral colours, simply rob the originals of their essential vitality.

This remains a well-recorded disc with crisp imaging, truthful colours and sympathetic camera work by the ever-reliable Paul Smaczny team.
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